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The European Left's 25% Problem

  • Date(s)
    26 September 2016
  • Time
    18:00 - 19:15
  • Location
    The Beatles Story
  • Address
    Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
The European Left's 25% Problem

In partnership with Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), across Europe the traditional parties of the centre left seem stuck in the same electoral dilemma – the 25% problem. From Berlin to Madrid, Copenhagen to Vienna there is still a centre left base, hence no complete electoral collapse. But the left seems unable to reach other parts of the electorate, to appeal beyond the base. And as their appeal shrinks so they turn inward on themselves – satisfying the party comes at a higher premium than attracting new voters. There is a price to be paid – either the purity but impotence of perpetual opposition or, in PR systems, the poisoned chalice of a junior partner in a Grand coalition.


Gloria De Piero, Labour MP and former shadow minister for young people and voter registration

Brendan Howlin, leader of Irish Labour Party

Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP         

Matthew Laza, director, Policy Network

James Morris, partner, director of European Office, GQRR

Ania Skrzypek, senior research fellow, FEPS

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